Jury 2019


David Mareček

Has studied piano playing and conducting at Janacek Academy. During his studies he was working at international master courses with renowned and famous pianists and pedagogues. He has performed as a soloist and chamber music player in the Czech republic, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, France and Finland. He has been teaching the piano since 2003 at Brno Conservatory and in January 2007 he become director of Brno Philharmonic orchestra. At present he is a director of Czech Philharmonic orchestra in Prague.






Marco Fatichenti

Sergio de Simone

Marco Fatichenti is an internationally acclaimed performer and recording artist who has appeared in some of the most prestigious venues across Europe and the United States.His performances include broadcasts by the Spanish RTVE, Irish RTE, Polskie Radio, and several BBC appearances. Active both as recitalist and chamber musician, Marco is also an educator who is committed to promoting music and its societal value among diverse audiences. He is currently researching performance practice of Spanish and Catalan piano schools in early twentieth century at King’s College London.


Jan Jiraský

Jan JiraskýIs a graduate from JAMU ( Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts) in Brno and laureate of international competitions (Beethoven’s Hradec, Smetana Competition – Karlovy Vary, Darmstadt, Noyers, Novi Sad, Kiev). In the course of his master’s and doctorate degree studies he became a sought-after soloist of both Czech and foreign orchestras and a guest of festival stages. He has recorded a number of CDs (ArcoDiva, Radioservis, Antiphona, Musica) and has performed several repertoir cycles, among others 18 Mozart piano sonatas in four recitals, playing both modern and historical instruments. He teaches piano at the Faculty of Music at JAMU and is the head of the keyboard department there. 

Martin Kasík

Martin Kasík counts among the most significant personas of the Czech music scene. Critics and public alike praise his creative and poetic approach to interpretation that captures the moment transcends the spirit and displays an extraordinary richness of mood degrees. His wins at the Prague Spring competition in 1998 and Young Concert Artists competition in New York in 1999 paved for him the way to global stages: The Carnegie Hall, The Berlin Philharmonic Hall, The Wigmore Hall, The Theater de Chatelet in Paris, The Tonhalle in Zürich, The Gewandhaus in Leipzig, The Gestieg in Munich, The Santory Hall in Tokyo, The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and many others. Apart from his concert career, Mr. Kasík also teaches at the Prague Conservatory and The Academy of Performance Arts in Prague, while also being the art director of The Chopin Festival in the city of Mariánské Lázně.

Marian Sobula

Christiana Perai

Marian Sobula. A concert pianist, teacher, art director of national and international projects. He has played over 500 concerts in more than 50 countries spanning 5 continents including venues such as The Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera, Sala Sao Paolo, The Denki Bunka in Nagoji, The Gasteig in Munich, The Warshaw Grand Theatre and The Warshaw Philharmonic. In 2017 he received Bene Merito honorary distinction from the hands of the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Sobula studied with Prof. Janina Butor in Vratislav, Prof. Andrzej Pikula in Cracow and Prof. Sergio Perticaroli in Rome, is a judge in many national and international piano competitions, the art director of the International Piano Festival Royal Cracow. Since 2007 Mr. Sobula is also a faculty member of the piano department of Academy of Performing Arts in Cracow.